REINCARNATION: Lantern Lighting

I have spent a HUGE (maybe inordinate) amount of time shopping for light fixtures. In our previous renovation posts you see that we got rid of our brass light fixtures and updated them. One great trend I came across while researching our dining room table fixture was lantern inspired lighting. We ended up going with a round chandelier type fixture, but I do still love the idea! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for lantern lighting and a few great fixtures in case you get inspired by the idea!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Here are some amazing lantern inspired lighting options for any space…

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Here is a Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: What Happiness Takes

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I just adore this quote, because of its complete and honest truth. I am a true believer that happiness is a decision you make, and staying happy is a that decision being repeated over and over in your daily routine. Happiness is not a destination but a side effect of courage, work, and intentional behaviors. Obviously anything worth having is worth working for, but I think the really hard part for me was finding that courage and without a doubt happiness takes courage. Only a short time ago I had a really big fear of missing out, of not getting the approval of others. I would buy concert tickets not because I wanted to see the band, but just because I was afraid of missing out. It is such a freeing feeling to know that I am courageous enough to say no to plans because they won’t make me happy. I am courageous enough to tell people my hobbies don’t include going out to bars, but blogging and obsessing about my next home DIY project because that is what truly makes me happy. Never be ashamed of the healthy and happy decision you make in your life just because others might disapprove.

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HOME-SPIRATION: His and Her Office

This past weekend I surprised David and gave him his office back. Many of you might be reading this wondering what happened to his office in the first place? Well my kind and gracious husband-to-be let me turn his bachelor pad office (full equipped with bo-flex machine) in to a quirky quest bedroom and a full time clothes closet. I finally came to my senses and realized that David and I both need a space to work and feel comfortable! From that, the idea of a his and her office was born. Next came the challenge of surprising him, luckily he was off to a fantasy football draft and golf outing with his friends this past weekend so it was the perfect time. More on the surprise later, first here are some of my favorite his and her office home-spirations.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I love the masculine leather chair next to the feminine upholstered chair! Hellooo his and hers!

I love the masculine leather chair next to the feminine upholstered chair! Hellooo his and hers!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

This might be more suited for a small business, but I love it anyway!

This might be more suited for a small business, but I love it anyway!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

What a perfect view!

What a perfect view!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Transformation

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I love this quote and I really think it rings true to how our society is today. So often I feel like we are all under this pressure to be a certain way, to be perfectly put together, and not show the world our struggles. But honestly, I feel like the world would be a better place if we all accepted the struggles that are required to achieve beauty in our lives. I know we would all have a better relationship with others if we recognized that everyone is fighting their own battle. And I know for certain that we would have better relationships with ourselves if we accepted the struggles we go through as a part of something greater, a way to achieve a more beautiful life. This week and weeks to come I hope to accept this about myself, to realize how far I have come in life and the butterfly I am today as well as the beautiful butterfly I can become.

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HAPPY HOUR: Patio Margaritas

I know I have posted A LOT of margarita recipes on this blog, but I have come across my absolute favorite, and quite possibly the absolute easiest margarita you could ever make! This recipe is in honor of our neighbor Karen coming back in to town (even if its only for a few days) She is the one who so generously passed this recipe on to me!

 

PATIO MARGARITAS.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Can of  Frozen Limeade

Tequila

Limes

Orange Juice

Corona

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine 1 can of frozen limeade, one can of water (all these measurements you’ll just use the limeade can for!), half a can of orange juice, 1 can of tequila, and half of any Mexican beer (we prefer Corona!) Stir and refrigerate. Garnish glass with a salted rim and a lime wedge and you are good to go!

These are perfect for a casual night of homemade Mexican food or to supply for the masses at a party (they are that easy!)

 

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update Part Three

We have made a huge amount of progress in such a short amount of time (David you are amazing!) Here are some photos from the past week and half so you can see how much progress we have made!

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

New light fixtures have gone up!

New light fixtures have gone up!

We started painting the cabinets!!

We started painting the cabinets!!

BEFORE.

BEFORE.

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

Measuring baseboard samples... its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

Measuring baseboard samples… its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

This crazy journey just keeps on going! But I know there will be more insta-photos to share!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Oil Rubbed Bronze

Oil rubbed bronze. That is a whole new phrase I have come to appreciate so much during this renovation. We are doing white walls and cabinets with dark hardwood floors and I couldn’t find hardware or fixtures I loved with that combination until I came across oil rubbed bronze. Hardware may be the last thing you think about, I know for me it was! As long as it wasn’t brass I could care less what color it was. With this home renovation I have come to realize that the love is in the details. And I certainly have fallen in LOVE with this detail. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for oil rubbed bronze accents.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Unique Bridal Bouquets

One of the greatest things I have read about planning a wedding, is that so many months or years after their wedding wish they had take more risks. Florals is definitely a great way to make a statement at your wedding. The florists and floral design people I have met while planning my wedding have been some of the most creative thinkers, they can really come up with some inspired arrangements. Here are some of my favorite unique bouquets!

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

such a romantic bouquet.

such a romantic bouquet.

Perfect for a beach wedding!

Perfect for a beach wedding!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

Lavender. I bet that smelled amazing!

Lavender. I bet that made the bride smell amazing!

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Retro Kitchen Chairs

So while David is hard at work doing the renovations, I am of course day dreaming about all the furniture and decor I need to put in to this new space of ours! Our new goal in our eating/living space is to have our kitchen, a dining room, and a living space (before we were using the dining room area as David’s office) Our goal for the kitchen is to have a breakfast nook where David and I can eat together. We already have a great table, so I really want to add some retro chairs and a great rug to make the space complete. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for my future breakfast nook.

LOVE!

LOVE!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update

It has been a very very busy time in the Stephenson household. We are planning our wedding, working full time, oh and completely remodeling our first floor! The dust and concrete would be enough to drive someone crazy, thankfully David and I have a good sense of humor! They say home renovations are 80% prep work and we are living that right now! David has done an amazing job prepping our house for paint, tile, and hardwoods! Our first area of focus when we get to flooring will be our powder room, you never realize how convent a bathroom on the first floor is, until you have to rip our the toilet and sink! Here are some of our recent renovations photos so you can see the madness that is going on!

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness... it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness… it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

and hallway!

and hallway!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Next.... the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

Next…. the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David's mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe... also for getting me this picture! :)

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David’s mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe… also for getting me this picture! :)

 

David is in charge of the renovation agenda, so you will have to ask him whats going to happen next, but I think it will be painting the walls, cabinets, and backsplash! Or it could be finishing up the powder room! We have so much to choose from here! More DIY and renovation posts to come!

 

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